(Yicai Global) Aug. 27 -- China's second-largest telecoms equipment maker ZTE and Indonesian wireless network operator Smartfren recently made a joint presentation to the Southeast Asian nation's government to demonstrate the application of fifth-generation mobile network technology in the manufacturing sector.
The demonstration was made to the country's Ministry of Communication and Informatics and showed how the use of 5G in factories can improve efficiency, guarantee workplace safety and increase product quality, according to an announcement on the Shenzhen-based firm's website posted on Aug. 23.
The presentation took place in a logistics warehouse. Cameras and virtual reality headsets were connected to a 5G network to transmit images in real time to a monitoring room. The frequency used during the demonstration reached a maximum throughput of 8.7 gigabits per second.
Should a malfunction occur, those monitoring the screens can dispatch drones to investigate the problem, thereby reducing the need for them to intervene personally in what could be dangerous working conditions, Smartfren President Merza Fachys said. This will greatly minimize workplace accidents and, once implemented, will reduce the number of employees needed for monitoring.
"ZTE believes that as 5G commercial deployment accelerates, 5G will be gradually implemented and extended to vertical industries," said Zhang Yafei, chief operating officer of ZTE Indonesia. "We have invested heavily in 5G research and development and we are happy to support Smartfren and the Ministry of Communication and Informatics to actively promote the application of 5G, thereby facilitating the digital transformation in vertical industries."
As of the middle of this year, the telecoms giant had provided 5G solutions to over 300 clients in almost 20 industry sectors and had successfully carried out more than 40 demonstration projects, ZTE said in a statement on Aug. 20.